6 Surprising North London Spots

Written by: Violet Myers

Don’t get us wrong, we love this city, we think it’s pretty ruddy fabulous to be honest, but the average London street can fall into the same dull pattern; newsagents, Chicken Cottage, newsagents, hairdresser, Chicken Cottage. Is it just us or is there a glitch in the Matrix? 
That’s why we’re so excited to see these surprising spots in North London, from the ‘eh?’ to the ‘what the?!”

Atsuko Kudo – Designer Latex Fetish Fashion

Holloway Road, N7 8JL

Up the street from pun-tastic Piebury Corner and sandwiched between tired looking estate agents lies North London’s kinkiest little secret. 
Selling high-end latex fashion, from mini dresses to eye patches, Atsuko Kudo caters to every fantasy, as long as it’s tight, shiny and you need a quart of talcum powder to get into it. Despite its modest surroundings the shop is constantly making headlines, boasting celebrity fans such as Daisy Lowe, Taylor Swift, Rita Ora and Kim Kardashian. Kim K’s famous behind was photographed recently testing the limits of a pair of Atsuko Kudo’s latex leggings.

The Loading Bar – Gaming Bar
Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BX

So you’re half way through an eight hour C.O.D marathon, when you realise all that shouting abuse at newbs has left you rather parched. You’re in no mood for Ribena and a beer just won’t cut it, if only you had access to a bespoke, themed cocktail menu. Enter The Loading Bar, a venue packed with games of every genre, including an impressive collection of board games. The menu includes cocktails paying homage to everyone’s favourite games from the Earthworm Gin, Kicked to the Kirby, Assassin’s Meade and Skyrum.

Basement Gallery – Underground Supper Club
South Access Road, Walthamstow

What’s the nicest thing you’ve eaten on the tube? A sneaky mid-morning pack of Hula Hoops? A sad BLT you bought in a hurry at the station? How about a barley, lentil & mushroom ragout with griddled lamb neck and toasted brioche? Really blows those Hula Hoops out of the water, right?
 The Basement presents Underground Dining, a chance to enjoy a three course meal in a tarted up tube carriage. Menus are inspired by French and Scandinavian cuisine and prices start at £45 per person, we wonder if we get a discount with a railcard?

Cyberdog – Futuristic Rave Fashion
Chalk Farm Rd,  NW1 8AH

Any Camden locals will be well aware of this flashy shop, which is peculiarly popular among tourists. The shop stocks all of your raving needs, from silver hot pants, light up shoes, little fish, big fish and a selection of cardboard boxes. But what really makes Cyberdog surprising is the shop itself, the two story building is decked out like the set of Fifth Element, has pulsating lights, pumping music and dancing shop assistants.

Photos: Nikoreto

North by Northwest Pub – Alfred Hitchcock Themed Pub
New North Road, N1 7BJ

So he may not have been the fittest director to devote your walls to, but no one could deny old Hitch was an icon. Inside this humble pub lies a shrine most fitting to the master of suspense, with floors to ceilings decked out with portraits, stuffed birds, low flying aeroplanes and quotes by the late auteur. The pub is also equipped for table tennis, well if there’s one thing Hitch knew it was ping pong.

Jacksons Lane – Contemporary Circus Venue
Archway Road, N6 5AA

A North London theatre and performance venue offering some of the most weird and wonderful circus shows on offer. We’re talking freaky, bendy, flying around the room craziness, call your mother and tell her you won’t be home for tea, you’re running away with the circus.

All circus images: Paul Rider

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